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Aging Gracefully, the French Way

Juliettebinoche460We love, love, love this New York Times piece on French women and their beauty philosophy. We've been talking about the French approach to skin care for years and this article manages to capture our thoughts perfectly. As the article says, "It’s easy to look natural if your skin is great. And that may be where the French secrets really are. According to a 2008 Mintel report, Frenchwomen spend about $2.2 billion a year on facial skin care—as much as Spanish, German and British women put together. If you happen to use the bathroom in a French home—something that is not considered polite, by the way—you might see a line of skin care products rivaling a shelf at Duane Reade."

"There will be day creams (with sunscreen), night creams (without it), re-pulping creams, serums, moisturizers, cleansers, toners and salves for anything from orange-peel skin to varicose veins. But you might not find much soap. Ms. Caron says she doesn’t use it on her face or her body (except for 'certain places'). Madame Figaro magazine recently quoted the French actress and TV presenter Léa Drucker as saying, 'The day I stopped using soap, my life changed.' Post-transformation, she uses a hydrating cream."

The article wraps up with, "For Frenchwomen, aging seems to be a matter of mind over makeup. If women feel good about themselves, right down to their La Perla 100-euro panties, they look good, too. Françoise Sagan once wrote, 'There is a certain age when a woman must be beautiful to be loved, and then there comes a time when she must be loved to be beautiful.' And many Frenchwomen seem to be well loved as they get older—by their tight-knit families, their friends and, perhaps most importantly, themselves…"

We couldn't have said it better ourselves.


Leonor Greyl case study #3: Long hair, oily scalp

Grow-long-hair-fasterThe diagnosis: If you’ve been in the spa, you know that Stacy has gorgeous long hair. But she usually has to wash it every day because her scalp gets too oily for her. Sound familiar? With this sort of frequent washing, the ends became very dry. What to do?

The solutions: She now uses the Leonor Greyl Bain TS, a balancing shampoo specifically designed for an oily scalp and dry ends. Focusing on shampooing only the scalp, Stacy is now able to go an extra day between shampoos. She also uses the Huile de Palme on her lengths and ends to protect her long locks from the sun (can you tell that the Huile de Palme is a resounding hit around the spa?).

How do you combat an oily scalp?


Leonor Greyl case study #2: damaged hair

After trying out the Leonor Greyl treatment line, Taryn gladly offered up her experience.

The diagnosis:

“Obviously, I bleach my hair often. I’ve been dealing with dry hair and breakage since I was 17 and started bleaching my hair. It’s fried and damaged and dry and brittle. It breaks easily because it’s so dry. I was using all sorts of products that coated the hair and made it feel good. Then I switched over to Leonor Greyl.”

“My hair went from feeling coated, which was fine, to undergoing a process where my hair felt a little dry for about a week because the product was coming off. Now, it feels light and silky, so much more healthy and thick. I don’t know how that’s possible, since I’m not putting any thickening stuff in my hair. I really see a change in my hair—there’s less breakage, and I don’t have to do anything to it or put any product into it. I can go 3–4 days and it still looks good. It feels stronger and looks better.”

Here are the Leonor Greyl treatments that Taryn loves…

The solutions:



Leonor Greyl case study #1: itchy, flaky scalp

Small_2028_lgEver since Leonor Greyl products arrived in our studio, clients have been snapping up treatments, shampoos, conditioners, and styling products to address their various hair concerns. 

The diagnosis: One of our clients has been suffering from a flaky, itchy scalp for years, which has been not only painful but embarrassing (especially when she wears black). Jill suspected fragrances and sodium laureth sulfate (SLS, a foaming and cleansing agent commonly found in shampoos) were adding to the problem. She had tried everything—dandruff shampoos, treatment oils and lotions, going without styling products—but nothing seemed to work.

Then she came in for a consultation with a Leonor Greyl representative. They diagnosed her hair and gave her a plan of action.

After just a week of using the Régénérescence Naturelle—a pre-shampoo treatment of essential and botanical oils that increases blood circulation, addresses deficiencies, and purifies the scalp—the flakes are nearly gone and the itching is down to a minimum. 

Here's how she applies it: After brushing her scalp thoroughly with a natural bristle brush, she separates the hair into one-inch sections with a comb and uses the dropper to place drops of the oil along the scalp. Once she completes the application, she gently massages her scalp so that the oil is distributed evenly. And then she waits. The first time she used it, she left it in overnight. Now she applies it an hour before shampooing. 

She's also using a few other products recommended specifically for her hair and scalp.

The solution: 

Huile de Palme: Pre-treatment oil to protect hair and add shine and softness

Bain Traitant Propolis: Gentle shampoo that addresses dandruff concerns (can also be mixed with the Créme aux Fleurs)

Créme aux Fleurs: A conditioning shampoo for irritated, sensitive scalps

Masque Fleurs de Jasmin: Gorgeous-smelling conditioner that boosts dry or thin hair, and offers shine, softness, and manageability

Serum de soie sublimateur: A styling serum that's applied after you've dried your hair

What are your specific hair concerns? Tell us and we'll diagnose the problem and offer a solution!

Leonor Greyl hits Seattle

Clients were walked through Leonor Greyl's full line of products and treatments

Caroline Brooks and Marjie DeLaMontanya of Leonor Greyl's US headquarters made a special trip to Seattle to offer one-on-one consultations in an informal hair care clinic in the studio. They asked clients extensive questions about their hair, scalp, and lifestyle, and then offered up treatment solutions, as well as shampoo, masque (conditioner), and styling product recommendations. 

In the coming weeks, we'll feature a few case studies, as well as instructions on how to use the natural, anti-aging products (even shampooing the Leonor Greyl way is a revelation!) so you can start to see what treatments might work best for your needs. And feel free to stop into the studio to have one of our staff recommend a treatment plan for your hair. 

What are your hair care challenges? 


Leonor Greyl's Caroline Brooks consults with a client